Transcript for Podcast: What tools are needed to create transcripts?
Julie Rummings, Curriculum and Instructional Designers at SUNY Empire State College: Hello. My name is Julie, and this is Justin. We're instructional designers, and we're going to talk about the tools needed to create transcripts. Justin, please?
Justin Albohn, Curriculum and Instructional Designers at SUNY Empire State College: Julie. Thanks. Well, before we get started. There’s tools that you need as well as tools and software and apps that are useful. So let's start with tools that you need. You need a computer with the media loaded onto it and a player able to play the media. So you need ah...something like iTunes or Windows Media Player or VLC Player and then you need something to actually type the transcript into. So...um...we prefer word processing applications like Word, Open Office, Pages if you're on a Mac...something that will allow you to stylize and put headings into your document so that the transcript itself winds up being accessible too.
Now, let's talk about useful tools and applications. Some of the features these things can have are like the ability to slow down the media so that you can type at a more natural pace so you don't have to rush through things. [They have] the ability through keyboard shortcuts to move through the media so you don't have to use mouse clicks and take more time. And then [they have] the ability for the media to pause when you begin typing. All of these things, while slowing down the media and you would think would slow you down, actually speed you up because it allows you to access the media at a rate that allows you to transcribe it quickly and efficiently.
Next is there are some automatic transcription services. So there is free ones that are like YouTube, where you can upload your video, turn on the closed captioning feature, which will automatically caption and transcribe your video but it doesn't do an amazing job. So you still have to go through and edit those captions, which in turn will edit the transcript, and it is a good way to get a running start at your transcript. And the other pay-for service is Dragon Naturally Speaking, which is a software package. It's a little cost prohibitive but it can be very useful if the video is of you that's speaking because it's trained to an individual voice. If you do use it with media and videos of multiple people speaking, you're still probably going to have to go through and edit that transcript to make sure that it is 100% correct because we are looking for accuracy in these transcripts.
So, Julie, those are not only the tools that you need but some of the useful tools in creating transcripts.Julie Rummings, Curriculum and Instructional Designers at SUNY Empire State College: Thank you, Justin.